OSWEGO COUNTY – RecruitNY, a major initiative of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), is rapidly approaching.
On April 28 and 29, firehouses across the state will open their doors to the public to increase membership in the volunteer fire service. This is the eighth year of the event which is a cornerstone of FASNY’s ongoing recruitment campaign.
Throughout the weekend, members of the public will be able to get a taste of what it means to be a volunteer firefighter.
Across New York State, volunteer firefighters will conduct firehouse tours and demonstrate firefighting techniques to generate interest and appreciation for what members of the fire service do on a regular basis.
Anyone interested in the possibility of joining the fire service will have the opportunity to speak with active volunteers who can discuss what being a member of the fire service entails.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as a volunteer firefighter,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski. “Joining the fire service is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, and across New York State, volunteers are eager to discuss this possibility with their neighbors, friends, and family. Serving as a volunteer firefighter means serving one’s community, but it also means joining a very close, very special family. We are always heartened to see New Yorkers turn out to support their volunteer firefighters, and expect to see many faces, both familiar and new, during this year’s RecruitNY event.”
The volunteer fire service has a long proud heritage in New York and is deeply integrated into the social fabric of the state.
Volunteer fire departments not only answer emergency calls, but they often serve as the backbones of local communities.
They host popular events such as parades and pancake breakfasts and provide common space for people to gather.
The volunteer fire service’s economic impact is also substantial.
Volunteer firefighters save New Yorkers money.
In 2016, FASNY released an economic impact report which concluded that the annual cost of a replacement, all-paid fire service would be $3.87 billion.
Furthermore, property taxes in New York State would rise by an estimated average of 26.5 percent. These figures do not factor in the costs of acquiring the necessary facilities and equipment needed to accommodate a paid fire service.
The volunteer fire service, and efforts like RecruitNY, make the state not only safer, but also more affordable.
Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by FASNY, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York.
Several Oswego County fire departments will have open houses this weekend, including Caughdenoy, Hannibal, Phoenix and Volney.
Stop by and visit your local fire department and see what you can do to help.
To find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, go to http://www.recruitny.org/participation-area/
For more information, contact your local fire department through its non-emergency phone number or website or visit www.recruitny.org.
To see FASNY’s economic impact report, go to https://fasny.com/news/economic-study-volunteer-firefighters-save-ny-taxpayers-more-than-3-billion-each-year/
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents the interests of approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.